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Town Hall Event Acción UPR

 

Join us this Wednesday, October 17th at 3 PM EST for Acción UPR! A community discussion and call to action for defending public education in Puerto Rico! Be a part of the conversation as we explore ways that the diaspora and alumni of the University of Puerto Rico can ensure access to public education. Speakers will include Dr. Greetchen Díaz Muñoz, Dr. Rima Brusi, and Dr. Isar Godreau. This event will be moderated by Centro Directora, Dr. Yarimar Bonilla.

*Note:  There will be a part two on November 30 at 3 PM EST -  RSVP Here: https://centropr.nationbuilder.com/accion_upr_ii

 

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Dr. Greetchen Díaz Muñoz has created and led various high impact projects in the areas of research, education, communication and public policy. She has had the opportunity to teach at the K-12 school and collegiate levels, developing lessons and curricula. In addition, she has trained K-12 educators and other scientists, and has mentored a multitude of students. Dr. Díaz Muñoz has served in various leadership and fiduciary roles that has allowed her to develop diverse skills, especially in the areas of project management and implementation, as well as strategic planning. 

Dr. Rima Brusi is an anthropologist, writer, advocate, and educator. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in cultural anthropology from Cornell University, where she was a Ford Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Puerto Rico. She has served as Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez; as founder, director and principal investigator of UPR’s Center for University Access, an outreach, research and advocacy initiative that today has expanded to six campuses in the system; as an applied anthropologist at The Education Trust in Washington D.C.; and as an advisor and writer for Univision Communications. 

Dr. Isar Godreau is a researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey where she directs various institution-wide level research initiatives and her own research projects. Her publications explore issues of “race”, racism and identity in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. She has published on hair, racial terminology, the folklorization of blackness, census racial categories, the effects of racism in Puerto Rican schools, and more recently on the status of higher education in the aftermath of Hurricane María. She is the author of Arrancando mitos de raíz: guía para la enseñanza antirracista de la herencia africana en Puerto Rico (2013) and Scripts of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism and US Colonialism in Puerto Rico (2015 by University of Illinois Press and winner of the Frank Bonilla best book award). Dr. Isar Godreau studied at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and later obtained her Ph.D in cultural anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz (1999).

Dr. Yarimar Bonilla is the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She is also a Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2015) co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm. (2019) and a founder of the Puerto Rico Syllabus Project. In addition, Yarimar is a prominent public intellectual and a leading voice in Caribbean and Latin-X politics. She writes a monthly column in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día titled “En Vaivén,” is a regular contributor to publications such as The Washington Post, The Nation, Jacobin, and The New Yorker, and a frequent guest on National Public Radio and news programs such as Democracy Now!  Her current research—for which she was named a 2018-2020 Carnegie Fellow —examines the politics of recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the forms of political and social trauma that the storm revealed.